Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Office / AP / Shutterstock Steven Brandenburg
A fired pharmacist in Wisconsin was suspended by a state committee after he was accused of deliberately destroying more than 500 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
According to a directive issued by the Wisconsin Pharmacy Commission granted by PEOPLE, Steven Brandenburg, 46, will not be licensed to practice in state pharmacy or work in a pharmacy in any case while there is. Suspension
The order said Brandenburg was first licensed as a pharmacist on Aug. 22, 1997, and that he voluntarily agreed to suspend. “To focus on the expected criminal case” against him.
Brandenburg was working as a pharmacist at a medical facility in Grafton when he was accused of removing COVID-19 vaccines from the refrigeration unit on Dec. 24 and 25 with the intent of making them ineffective as directed.
Brandenburg, who works at Aurora Medical Center, has been stripped of his position, the order said.
His lawyer, Jason Baltz, did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
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Brandenburg was arrested on three counts – of negligent safety, prescription drug adulteration and criminal property damage – and was released from prison after posting a $ 10,000 bond, online records confirmed.
During a court hearing on Jan. 4, Brandenburg was asked not to join the plea on three suggested allegations he was initially detained as officials are working to determine if the bottles were actually destroyed. Or not Milwaukee Journal report.
Brandenburg’s costs can be fixed based on the Moderna’s test results done on store-bought contaminated bottles.
If the drug is in fact ruined, most of the expenses will be canceled.
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In divorce papers filed a day before Brandenburg’s arrest and obtained by Brandenburg’s wife, WISN, Gretchen Brandenburg, accusing her husband of “Acceptable conspiracy theorist” with units for rent, which he kept. “Lots of food and guns”
“I was very concerned about my safety and the safety of the children, so I left town for a while,” she wrote in the document.
The divorce proceedings also refer to the couple’s conversation when he left a water filter, a large bucket and two 30-day emergency food buckets for her and her children.
“He told me that if I didn’t understand he was right now and the world was collapsing around us, I seriously denied it,” the wife told the judge and Brandenburg added. “The government is planning a cyber attack and There are plans to shut down the power system. “